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Trump's friends schedule fake events at failing Mar-a-Lago to make him feel better

Mar-a-Lago members can't even talk their friends into being seen at the club, so Trump allies are filling the empty space.

Source: Caroline Orr


Mar-a-Lago was once considered the place to be in the Palm Beach social scene. However, since Trump took office, the ritzy resort has suffered a serious blow to its reputation due to its association with the embarrassment named Trump.

In August, at least 16 charities pulled their events from Mar-a-Lago after Trump blamed the violence in Charlottesville on “both sides” and referred to white supremacists as “very fine people.”


Among those slated to host events at Trump’s resort in the near future are televangelist Pat Robertson — head of the Christian Broadcasting Network and a steadfast Trump supporter — along with the Trumpettes, a pro-Trump fan club comprised of wealthy older women.

The event hosted by the Christian Broadcasting Network will be its first at Mar-a-Lago, and according to Newsweek, Robertson scheduled the gala “just so it could take place there.”

Another group of Trump supporters called The Young Republican National Federation hosted its first event at Mar-a-Lago just last week. The gala featured “a speech from singer and Trump cheerleader Joy Villa, who celebrated conspiracy theorist and Sandy Hook-denier Alex Jones,” Newsweek reported.


Read it all at: https://shareblue.com/trumps-friends-schedule-fake-events-at-failing-mar-a-lago-to-make-him-feel-better/

The Breakers. Where the decent elitists stay! (everything is relative, isn't it?)

For God and country: What do the US military think of Christians...

the Bible and America's 'moral decline'?

Source: Christian News, by Joseph Hartropp

A new survey has polled the views of American military members on Christian faith and the Bible. Most military members have a 'very positive' view of believers, and say that American morality is in decline, while nearly half believe Bible doesn't have enough influence on society.

The study by Barna Group, released this month, explores the attitudes of US military personnel, past and present, and their perspectives on contemporary religion.



Among those who are either 'friendly' or 'neutral' towards the Bible, most (86 per cent) believe that American morality is in decline. Such a view is most common amongst those who are retired or have been discharged from the military (91 per cent) or those who are 'born-again' Christians (92 per cent).

Many also believe the Bible could be part of the solution. A little less than half (46 per cent) of service men and women said the Bible has too little influence in US society – though 22 per cent said the Bible has 'too much' influence, and 33 per cent said its influence was 'just right'.


Read it all at: https://www.christiantoday.com/us/for-god-and-country-what-do-the-us-military-think-of-christians-the-bible-and-americas-moral-decline/118931.htm

Trump expected to travel to Mar-a-Lago for Thanksgiving

Asian vacation over - now South Florida! And WE pay for it!

Source: The Hill, by Max Greenwood

Plans appear to be underway for President Trump to spend Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a "VIP Movement Notification" for Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday night, flagging dates between Nov. 21 and 26 for flight restrictions.


Trump has frequently traveled to his own properties since taking office in January. Early on, he frequented Mar-a-Lago, but eventually began traveling to his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., after the Florida estate closed for the summer.

According to a New York Times tally, Trump has spent 25 days of his presidency at Mar-a-Lago, where he has hosted world leaders, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Read it at: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/360414-trump-expected-to-travel-to-mar-a-lago-for-thanksgiving

NFL's Thursday Night Football looked like a video game. Plenty of fans didn't like it.

I caught an ESPN college football game stream with no commentary as the overhead camera roamed around the field from one play to the next. I had never seen a football game from this perspective - and I thought it was revolutionary!

Source: WaPo by Travis M. Andrews

NFL fans and commentators were again divided on Thursday night, only this time it wasn’t about players kneeling during the national anthem. It was over a camera angle.

Thursday Night Football’s matchup between the Tennessee Titans and the Pittsburgh Steelers looked an awful lot like a video game. That’s because the broadcast’s primary angle was from SkyCam, a moving camera attached to wires that hangs about 15 feet over the field. The fact that it looked like a video game was part of the appeal for the NFL.


True to form, NFL fans sounded off on Twitter. Reactions were mixed and, this being football, pretty fiery.

One fan called it “wonderful” and requested the NFL keep SkyCam “as the primary view for all broadcasts forever.” Another said the angle was “a nice touch to see how plays develop.” Another said: “I need skycam in all sports. This would be great for NBA games, too.”


The fans who hated it, though, really hated it.

One said the SkyCam will “get me to stop watching football. Make camera angles great again!” Another tweeted to NBC, “enough with the overhead camera. We get it, you’re edgy. Go back to the camera that shows the whole field.” A third called it “beyond lame,” adding, “Please just stop. If I wanted views like this I’d play Madden 14.”


Read it all at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/11/17/nfl-fans-are-arguing-again-its-not-about-kneeling-but-a-camera/

NFL proprietary youtube clip (Watch on YouTube link):

Our view: Roy Moore grossly unfit for office

By AL.com Editorial Board

Roy Moore simply cannot be a U.S. Senator. Even if his party and many of its adherents still think it possible, it is unthinkable -- for his state, and his country.


In our view, Moore has already revealed himself as grossly unfit to be a U.S. Senator before these revelations.

He has been twice-removed from statewide office for his defiance of the law. His views on women's rights, same-sex marriage and religious freedom no longer reflect the majority of Alabamians. And they are incompatible with the governance of this country. He has said that the murderous 9/11 attacks on America and the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut may have been God's will because America had sinned.

Investigations into Moore's nonprofit the Foundation of Moral Law, have revealed a man who champions himself above all else. Above Alabamians. And, yes, above God. Moore has used his platform to personally enrich himself and his family and to pursue his own, radical agenda.


It's time that he and his party read the writing on the wall: His candidacy is over. His true character has been revealed. It's time for the GOP to remove its official support.

And since he and his party can't assure it, the voters of Alabama must.

Read it all at: http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/11/our_view_roy_moore_grossly_unf.html#incart_m-rpt-2

Watch it live!


Mr. Robot's latest episode captured the swirling chaos of 2017 in just 45 minute

It’s one of the best TV episodes of the year.

Source: Vox, by Todd VanDerWerff

If you’ve watched Mr. Robot on any occasion, hearing that the show filmed an episode that appears to be one long take will either instantly irritate you or instantly delight you. Sure, it’s the kind of showoff-y thing this always-showy series would pull out of its bag of tricks as a desperate attempt to pump juice into its storyline. But you can also be reasonably assured of Mr. Robot’s ability to pull it off with a level of technical precision few other TV shows can match. Hence — irritate or delight.

My experience was quite different when I first watched the episode weeks ago, in the buildup to season three’s premiere: I didn’t realize it was filmed to seem like one long take at all. I was so pulled in by the episode’s story and central dilemma that I simply didn’t notice there were no obvious edits. Those who watched the episode on TV — where USA broadcast it without commercials — likely clued in right away. But I remained blissfully unaware until I started talking about it with a friend who’d also seen the screeners.


It’s a dizzying, surreal sequence, but it’s one that captures the feeling of living in 2017 better than almost any shot I’ve seen in film or television. Here’s Angela, a small part of a much bigger machine, but also somebody who just might have the key that will bring down a corrupt world order (and/or install an even more corrupt one). The chaos is being held at bay, but only somewhat.


And yet isn’t that true of all of us? We look at our computer screens, typing away missives we hope will convince somebody, anybody. We might join protests, skeptical that anyone will listen. We worry, all along, that we are being buffeted about by forces beyond our control, because we are. The world is wheels within wheels within wheels, but so are we. Everything is under control, and nothing makes sense.

Read it all at: https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/11/12/16634564/mr-robot-episode-5-recap-runtime-error-long-take

Sean Parker unloads on Facebook "exploiting" human psychology

"Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, gave me a candid insider's look at how social networks purposely hook and potentially hurt our brains."

Source: Axios, by Mike Allen


"The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, ... was all about: 'How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?"

"And that means that we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever. And that's going to get you to contribute more content, and that's going to get you ... more likes and comments."

"It's a social-validation feedback loop ... exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology."

"The inventors, creators — it's me, it's Mark [Zuckerberg], it's Kevin Systrom on Instagram, it's all of these people — understood this consciously. And we did it anyway."

More at: https://www.axios.com/sean-parker-unloads-on-facebook-2508036343.html

The Dotard says: ""He (Putin) said he didn't meddle. He said he didn't meddle. I asked him again," he said.
"You can only ask so many times... He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election."

The Health 202: Four possible explanations for the shocking Obamacare enrollment figures

"Americans are flocking to Healthcare.gov in greater numbers than ever before in a development that runs precisely contrary to the doom-and-gloom everyone had predicted for this enrollment season."

2016: 78,000 ppl/day
2017: 84,000 ppl day
2018: 150,000 ppl/day

Source: Washington Post, by Paige Winfield Cunningham

1. More Americans can get more generous subsidies this year.

This is a phenomenon stemming from Trump’s decision to cut off extra payments to insurers for cost-sharing reductions they must offer.

Enrollees eligible for subsidies will get $555 on average to offset the cost of their plans, up 45 percent from this year’s $382 average tax credit, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

2. People with a Healthcare.gov account are still getting reminder emails.

Over the last four years, the Obama administration created a large database of email addresses for past and current enrollees. Even though it appears the Trump administration isn’t using some of the email messaging strategies that were effective in years past – like telling people they could find cheaper plans on Healthcare.gov if they shopped around – email remains a major way Americans remember to sign up.

3. Maybe brokers are kicking butt.

The Trump administration reversed the crackdown in a rule last spring, allowing brokers to once again enroll people in marketplace plans through their own websites. This could lead to brokers filling a hole left by the administration’s refusal to promote the law.

4. Advertising drives enrollment near the end of signup season, not the beginning of it.

If the reduced advertising dollars do have a dampening effect on enrollment, that effect won’t be apparent until near the end of the signup season, Peck told me. Outreach is less important at the very beginning of the season because that’s when the most motivated customers are signing up. Last year, the Obama administration didn’t run any TV ads during the first week of open enrollment, Peck said.

“Outreach has an outsize effect the last week or two weeks of open enrollment,” Peck said.

Read it all at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-health-202/2017/11/10/the-health-202-four-possible-explanations-for-the-shocking-obamacare-enrollment-figures/5a04720530fb045a2e002ecb/

'Marvel's Inhumans' airs its finale tonight!

The only question remaining for this show - does Anson Mount get paid by the word?

The best possible final scene - Anson Mount looks perplexed, then glances off stage and says, "Line." Fade to black.

Not even the dog can save this dog!

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